Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
Places to visit in Amsterdam
- Anne Frankhuis
- History Museum
- Hortus Botanicus
- Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)
- Madame Tussauds Scenerama
- Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum
- (The Netherlands Maritime Museum)
- Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
- Stedelijk Museum (City Museum)
- Van Gogh Museum
- Artis Zoological Garden
1. Anne Frankhuis
For about two years the Jewish Frank family together with another family who were friends of theirs and a single man all hid from the Gestapo in a back room which served as a pharmacy. They lived in the smallest of spaces in constant fear of being discovered. On 4th August 1944 German soldiers raided the hiding place and the hideaways were deported. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, was the only one to survive the holocaust. Anne Frank died in 1945 at the age of 15 in Bergen-Belsen. Her diary was preserved for the world, it has been published as a book in every language and serves as a reminder of the horrific deeds of the Nazis.
Open Hours: Daily 9 am – 7 pm and during April to August will open untill 9 pm
This house with its magnificent façade is one of the finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. It was built at the beginning of the 17th century by Hendrick de Keyser and Bartolotti was the name of its first owner. The rooms in the house and neighbouring buildings today house the Theatre Museum. The entrance is at Herengracht 168.
Open Hours: on Tue – Friday from 11 am – 5 pm and Sat – Sunday from 1 am – 5 pm
Tram number: 13, 1, 20
The most famous Hofje (courtyard) in Amsterdam is situated behind the city’s History Museum. The Begijnhof was founded in 1346 by Saint Ursula. It was not spared the ravages of the city fire of 1421. Most of the houses standing today date from the 17th century. The courtyard is lovingly tended and restored. The Beguines were women who had joined a religious community without committing themselves to any vows. They took on social duties such as caring for the old and needy.
Access from Kalverstraat 92 at History Museum or entrance at Spui 14